is the only job I have ever had and the only one I can ever imagine
doing. It makes me complete. It's always thrilling to experience
the moment a painting takes on a life of its own. One instant there
is an amalgamation of colored shapes on the canvas and then boom,
with the addition of a single stroke it's transformed into a lifelike
feel I've been blessed with a special gift and it's incredibly satisfying
to know that I can use my talent to bring joy into the lives of
others. I didnt have an easy childhood. I had a terrible speech
impediment and turned to painting and sketching for comfort. I could
escape from the chaos surrounding me simply by painting. Now, years
later, my viewers tell me they have the same experience; they are
comforted by my quite tranquil surrounds and they can escape into
my romantic world of mystery and magic.
style is referred to as Romantic Realism, and to me this means telling
stories through pictures. There is little room for error in realism
and it is important to concentrate on detail, although it may be
tedious work. In Windy Side, for example, I treat the viewer to
a side view of a beautiful clapboard house. But look closer inside
an open window and youll see on a wall a wood carving; peer
inside the enclosed porch and youll see a model of a sailing
ship. Once you begin noticing these details, its only a matter
of time before you begin to imagine who might live there and wonder
about their story.
is a great deal of sensitivity and symbolism in my work. I like
to suggest a deeper meaning behind the obvious, whether it is glorifying
a simple lobster hut or mystifying an empty cottage. I try to leave
part of the story to the viewers imagination and sometimes
that means leaving something out, like a path to an abandoned house
being pondered by a beautiful woman or, as I did in the Proposal,
focusing on a pair of bicycles while the couple is off in the distance.
This leaves the viewer to imagine who the couple is, or project
themselves into the painting, as the couple.
believe that Art should make no apologies for being beautiful. A
beautiful landscape can be as challenging and have as much symbolism
as an abstract expressionist painting, and yet it can be comforting
as well. I believe that the process of creating Art is deeply personal
and therefore my works always remain as a connection to me, an outward
expression of my personal vision of the world.
am an American and proud of it. I am an incurable romantic and just
as proud of that. When I want to look at art and become inspired,
I gravitate towards Wyeth, Homer, Sargent and Rockwell – work that
has directness and is true to the artists experience. I'm
never without a sketchbook, constantly drawing the world I see and
have a reverence towards my subject matter.
teacher and mentor, Phil Hicken, taught me an important lesson,
which I will never forget. He said that you must keep challenging
yourself, for when you obtain your goal, the challenge is over.
I never want it to be over!